SA Police Fire Rubber Bullets At Students Protesting Against Rape On Rhodes University Campus

 
 
JOHANNESBURG – South African police fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of students protesting against rape on campus at Rhodes University yesterday, forcing classes to be called off for the day.
 
 
Police also used stun grenades and pepper spray to disperse the protesters at the university, located in Grahamstown to the southeast of the country.
 
Five students were arrested.
 
The protests were fanned by comments posted on social media, a catalyst in last year’s nationwide marches by students against university fee increases.
 
“The roads were blocked off (by) furniture, brooms, sticks and stones,” police captain Mali Govender said in statement.
 
She said the crowd of protesters were becoming aggressive and preventing staff members from leaving the premises.
 
Yesterday’s clashes broke out after a list of 11 alleged perpetrators of sexual offences was circulated at the campus earlier this week and on social media.
 
Vice Chancellor Sizwe Mabizela told Talk Radio 702 that it was not clear what evidence was used to name the individuals or whether the list had been presented to the police.
 
“My first obligation is to protect my students, to make sure that they are safe and secure,” he said.
 
“I was pleading with the police that they release them because with students being arrested it may just escalate this whole situation in the university which is not what we want.” A wave of student protests have swept across South African universities since 2015, including the clamour for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, the British imperialist, and demands by black students to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans, the language they identify with apartheid.
 
The protests against high tuition fees under the banner #FeesMustFall struck a national chord, forcing President Jacob Zuma to freeze tuition increments for 2016 after protests that culminated in students storming the parliamentary precinct during last year’s budget. SAP. Source: Reuters

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, Survives Impeachment

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South Africa’s  opposition ‘Democratic Alliance’ efforts to impeach President Jacob Zuma over the Nkandla scandal, in which he allegedly misused public funds to improve his personal household.

The motion by the oppposition, has been rejected after a vote
Results
No: 233
Yes: 143
Abstain: 0 –

This means that Soppositouth Africa’s opposition motion to impeach president Jacob Zuma has been rejected  by 233 votes to 143 at South Africa’s parliament thereby lending the troubled President Jacob Zuma , a life line of survival. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

Con-Court Finds Zuma Guilty Of Failing To Uphold, Respect And Defend South Africa’s Constitution’.

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South Africa’s Con-Court has found the country’s President Jacob Zuma guilty of failing to uphold, respect and defend the country’s constitution.

The Con-court (Constitutional Court) in South Africa, passed a unanimous judgement,in which  President Jacob Zuma’s failure to repay the money that  was  ‘misused’ as  being “inconsistent” with the National  constitution, hence a failure by Jacob Zuma to uphold, defend and respect the National Constitution of South Africa

This finding, stipulates that President Jacob Zuma, violated the country’s constitution by refusing all along to pay back the misused public funds that were used in lavish renovations on his personal property. Zuma was also ordered to repay the misused funds.

It is reported that the government started receiving complaints about the astronomical cost of Zuma’s personal household  renovations  as far back as 2009 after he was sworn into office The massive bill was estimated at a cost of 65 million rand ($4 million), however the upgrades went on unchecked  until the cost rose  to  an estimated total of 246 million rand ($15 million).

This huge bill included the cost of upgrading the president Jacob Zuma’s private  homestead in Nkandla which is situated 150 miles to the North of Durban, hence the label ‘Nkandla Scandal’.

Some of the allegations levelled against Zuma, included, personal household renovations included   an upgrades on such luxuries as, the Zuma household swimming pool, a visitors center and an amphitheater on the property and as funny as this may sound, the money was also reportedly spent on renovating Zuma’s cattle kraal and  chicken run.

Not surprisingly so, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma was denying the allegations.

Following the ruling, the main opposition party has right away launched impeachment proceedings against Mr. Zuma.

Jacob Zuma has been told, he must pay back millions he misused by abusing public funds. Zuma has  reportedly been given 105 days within which to repay the public funds that were misused through expenditure on his personal household.

South Africa’s opposition forces celebrated this court finding and immediately rallied their efforts at moving for President Jacob Zuma’s Impeachment and Removal from office.

This is a constitutional process which is applicable in a country that upholds the ‘Rule Of Law’

This should come as massive eye opener to the oppressed Zimbabweans who have sat back all along and watched Mugabe, Zim1 family and Zanu PF stalwarts and Securocrats turn from rags to riches as they grew into overnight US dollar multimillionares.

The clear message is that ‘People Power’ can turn the tide against any force of oppression if the courts uphold the law.

In a shocking revelation, President Robert Mugabe, announced recently that a total of US$15 billion worth of diamonds had been looted from the Zanu PF militarised Chiadzwa, Marange diamond fields, a suspiciously too specific a figure leaving most Zimbabweans rightly feeling that the corrupt Mugabe is attempting to divert peoples attention from the real amount of diamonds looted, an amount which some estimate to be at least 10 times what he alleges, in a corruption scam that  everyone knows was spear headed by him. Wake up Zimbabwe, strike while the iron is hot! The despot leader, President Mugabe and all his Zanu PF must Fall! By Sibusiso Ngwenya

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‘Jacob Zuma Asks Christians To Pray For Politicians As The Devil Is Trying To Interfere With Their Work’

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President Jacob Zuma on Friday called on Christians to pray for politicians, as the devil was trying to interfere with their work –

“We are here to get blessings and prayers. We want you to pray for us as leaders so that when we make mistakes, you can ask God to forgive us because Satan is always around trying to derail us,” he told thousands of members of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

The country was faced with crime and drug abuse and prayers were needed to help fight these problems.

Zuma arrived to applause and cheering as he walked around the stadium. Thousands of people waved at him and Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane as his theme song “Yinde le ndlela” (The Road is Still Long) played in the background. Others in the stadium joined in the singing.

He hugged one child, to the mother’s excitement.

“We need love,” he told the crowd.

“We must love God and those who have been entrusted to do his work. On this day, when we remember Jesus, we also ask those in charge to pray for us,” he said in IsiZulu.

He called on the congregants to pray for Members of Parliament so they could behave and conduct themselves in a respectful manner.

He professed his love for the church and said the atmosphere in the stadium made him want to attend church regularly.

People were made in the image of God and had rights that should be protected and respected, he said. Source: news24

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Biti, Not Mbeki, Is lying: ‘MDC Sold Out Through Failure To Implement Electoral Reforms’

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In a follow-up radio interview to President Thabo Mbeki letter “SA policy on Zimbabwe” with Redi Thlabi on 702 Cape Talk Tendai Biti said a lot of things, I would like to take him up one the one issue – Did MDC sell-out in failing to implement the GPA reforms, he was asked?”

President Mbeki should just shut up! He should not blame the victim. ….. MDC fought for re-forms but Zanu PF refused,” replied Biti. He was lying because there evidence proves the exact opposite, that MDC leaders sold-out!

The process of implementing the reforms was that an MP will submit the proposed democratic reforms on the Police, say, to parliament. Parliament will then debate and refine the proposals and then pass the final proposals to President Mugabe for approval. Once the proposals are ap-proved they will then be implemented and the law changed to suit.

Tendai Biti who is lying in saying Zanu PF blocked the reforms because MDC never submitted any substantive reforms in parliament. The two MDC factions had the majority of MPs in parlia-ment and therefore would have had no problems in getting the proposals passed. There were no proposed reforms passed or rejected by parliament throughout the GNU because none were ev-er submitted.

There is no doubt that left to his own devices President Mugabe would have rejected all demo-cratic reforms put before him but he was not left to his own devices, by signing the GPA he committed himself and his party Zanu PF to the democratic reforms. So if parliament submitted proposed reforms for his approval and he refused then MDC was expected to take the matter to SADC as the guarantor of the agreement for arbitration.

The truth of the matter is MDC never complained to SADC about Mugabe refusing to approve any proposed reforms; they complained about other things but not reforms; because Mugabe never refused to approve any reform proposals, none were ever submitted to him for approval.

By the same token, SDAC never failed to take Mugabe to task on refusing to approve proposed reforms because MDC never complained to SADC on that matter. Never! If anything it was SADC who complained to MDC for doing nothing about implementing the reforms.

It is a matter of historic fact that SADC leaders, amongst others, reminded MDC leaders on a number of occasions to implement the reforms and then warned them against taking part in the elections without implementing the reforms first and MDC paid no heed. Former GNU MDC Min-ister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo and Tendai Biti’s own colleague in the break-away PDP has since confirmed that SADC leaders warned MDC. SeeIn a follow-up radio interview to President Thabo Mbeki letter “SA policy on Zimbabwe” with Redi Thlabi on 702 Cape Talk Tendai Biti said a lot of things, I would like to take him up one the one issue – Did MDC sell-out in failing to implement the GPA reforms, he was asked?

“President Mbeki should just shut up! He should not blame the victim. ….. MDC fought for re-forms but Zanu PF refused,” replied Biti. He was lying because there evidence proves the exact opposite, that MDC leaders sold-out!

The process of implementing the reforms was that an MP will submit the proposed democratic reforms on the Police, say, to parliament. Parliament will then debate and refine the proposals and then pass the final proposals to President Mugabe for approval. Once the proposals are ap-proved they will then be implemented and the law changed to suit.

Tendai Biti who is lying in saying Zanu PF blocked the reforms because MDC never submitted any substantive reforms in parliament. The two MDC factions had the majority of MPs in parlia-ment and therefore would have had no problems in getting the proposals passed. There were no proposed reforms passed or rejected by parliament throughout the GNU because none were ev-er submitted.

There is no doubt that left to his own devices President Mugabe would have rejected all demo-cratic reforms put before him but he was not left to his own devices, by signing the GPA he committed himself and his party Zanu PF to the democratic reforms. So if parliament submitted proposed reforms for his approval and he refused then MDC was expected to take the matter to SADC as the guarantor of the agreement for arbitration.

The truth of the matter is MDC never complained to SADC about Mugabe refusing to approve any proposed reforms; they complained about other things but not reforms; because Mugabe never refused to approve any reform proposals, none were ever submitted to him for approval.

By the same token, SDAC never failed to take Mugabe to task on refusing to approve proposed reforms because MDC never complained to SADC on that matter. Never! If anything it was SADC who complained to MDC for doing nothing about implementing the reforms.

It is a matter of historic fact that SADC leaders, amongst others, reminded MDC leaders on a number of occasions to implement the reforms and then warned them against taking part in the elections without implementing the reforms first and MDC paid no heed. Former GNU MDC Min-ister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo and Tendai Biti’s own colleague in the break-away PDP has since confirmed that SADC leaders warned MDC

SADC leaders said MDC leaders “were busy enjoying themselves and forgot why they were in the GNU!” in sheer frustration soon after the rigged July 2013 elections.

There is no doubt that MDC leaders were enjoying themselves in the GNU and forgot the important task of implementing the reforms. Tendai Bit joined the other MDC leaders in praising Mugabe calling him the “unflappable father of the nation” in an interview with The Sunday Mail in July 2012. Hardly the thing one would say about someone “refusing” democratic reforms.

MDC leaders were cocksure Mugabe had accepted them in the exclusive ruling elite club that there did not see the need to implement the democratic reforms designed to end this elitist system and force all those in public office to be democratically accountable to the people. They were members of this elitist group so why end the system.

Even after the rigged July 2013 elections which saw many MDC members lose their public office it is interesting to note how many MDC leaders still continued to hang on to the belief that they were still members of the country’s ruling elite and Mugabe would treat them accordingly as Dr Misheck Sibanda, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet has revealed.

“Some (MDC leaders after losing the elections) said, ‘If we are needed, even if it’s a Zanu-PF Government, talk to the President. Possibly we can come and serve because we want to serve.’ (They said they wanted roles) in any capacity. You could tell that it was because of how they had been handled. To me, it was amusing,” Dr Sibanda said.

It is a great pity that the GNU failed to deliver on the single most important issue – free, fair and credible elections because MDC leaders sold-out. Zimbabwe would not be stuck in this political and economic hell-on-earth still if they had implemented the reforms.

Zimbabweans can blame SADC and God knows who else besides for many things but not for the GNU’s failure to delivery free, fair and credible elections; we must own up and take the blame for that one! Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, David Coltart and all the other MDC leaders in the GNU sold-out; they must apologize to the nation and resign, en mass, from public life. They should have done so a long time ago!

Whilst still on the subject of apologizing; Tendai Biti should apologize to former President Thabo Mbeki for accusing him of lying when it was he (Biti) who is lying and should shut up!
SADC leaders said MDC leaders “were busy enjoying themselves and forgot why they were in the GNU!” in sheer frustration soon after the rigged July 2013 elections.

There is no doubt that MDC leaders were enjoying themselves in the GNU and forgot the important task of implementing the reforms. Tendai Bit joined the other MDC leaders in praising Mugabe calling him the “unflappable father of the nation” in an interview with The Sunday Mail in July 2012. Hardly the thing one would say about someone “refusing” democratic reforms.

MDC leaders were cocksure Mugabe had accepted them in the exclusive ruling elite club that there did not see the need to implement the democratic reforms designed to end this elitist system and force all those in public office to be democratically accountable to the people. They were members of this elitist group so why end the system.

Even after the rigged July 2013 elections which saw many MDC members lose their public office it is interesting to note how many MDC leaders still continued to hang on to the belief that they were still members of the country’s ruling elite and Mugabe would treat them accordingly as Dr Misheck Sibanda, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet has revealed.

“Some (MDC leaders after losing the elections) said, ‘If we are needed, even if it’s a Zanu-PF Government, talk to the President. Possibly we can come and serve because we want to serve.’ (They said they wanted roles) in any capacity. You could tell that it was because of how they had been handled. To me, it was amusing,” Dr Sibanda said.
It is a great pity that the GNU failed to deliver on the single most important issue – free, fair and credible elections because MDC leaders sold-out. Zimbabwe would not be stuck in this political and economic hell-on-earth still if they had implemented the reforms.

Zimbabweans can blame SADC and God knows who else besides for many things but not for the GNU’s failure to delivery free, fair and credible elections; we must own up and take the blame for that one! Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, David Coltart and all the other MDC leaders in the GNU sold-out; they must apologize to the nation and resign, en mass, from public life. They should have done so a long time ago!

Whilst still on the subject of apologizing; Tendai Biti should apologize to former President Thabo Mbeki for accusing him of lying when it was he (Biti) who is lying and should shut up! By Wilbert Mukori- Source-Bulawayo24

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‘ANC Had Good Relations With ZAPU & None With ZANU,’ -Mbeki

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Historically, with regard to the Zimbabwe liberation struggle, the ANC had good relations with ZAPU and none with ZANU when it broke away from ZAPU. This was a product of a continuous process in Zimbabwe which had started with the establishment of the Southern Rhodesia African National Congress in that country and the membership in the South African ANC of Zimbabwe students and workers while they were studying and working in South Africa.

ANC relations with ZANU

Despite this history, in 1978 ZANU sent a delegation from Mozambique to Lusaka, led by the late former Vice President of Zimbabwe, Simon Muzenda, to meet the ANC. The delegation had come to propose that the ANC should send Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) cadres to Mozambique to join the units of ZANLA, the ZANU military wing, which were operating along the Limpopo River. The delegation suggested that this would give MK the possibility to infiltrate its cadres and materiel into and through the then Northern Transvaal.

Though the political leadership of the ANC warmly supported this proposal, the MK leadership opposed it on the basis that there were already MK cadres embedded in units of ZIPRA, the military wing of ZAPU, which were also operating along the Limpopo. These might end up fighting their comrades in the ZANLA units as there were occasional skirmishes between ZIPRA and ZANLA. Consequently we did not take up the ZANU offer.

However we interacted warmly with the ZANU delegates at the 1979 Commonwealth Conference in Lusaka which decided on the Lancaster Conference on Zimbabwe.

ANC relations with the Zimbabwe Government

On the very day that Zimbabwe achieved its independence in 1980, the President of the ANC, the late O.R. Tambo, met then Prime Minister Robert Mugabe in Salisbury, later Harare, to discuss the possibility of the ANC opening an office in Harare and using Zimbabwe as a base to carry out underground political and military work in South Africa.

Prime Minister Mugabe suggested that the ANC should assess whether it could operate from Zimbabwe, given that the new Zimbabwe administration would include many people it would inherit from the Smith regime. These included General Peter Walls who led the Zimbabwe Defence Force and Mr Ken Flower who headed the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

A few weeks thereafter, President Tambo informed Prime Minister Mugabe that we had conducted our on-the-spot assessment within Zimbabwe and thought that we could indeed operate from Zimbabwe despite the presence in various Zimbabwe state organs of people inherited from the Smith regime.

Prime Minister Mugabe immediately agreed that we could then operate in Zimbabwe as President Tambo had proposed. I was therefore directed to interact with then Minister of Security, and now Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to work out all the details for our ‘underground’ work and open representation in Zimbabwe, which was done.

The late Chris Hani was then put in charge of our ‘underground’ operations in Zimbabwe, while the late Joe Gqabi, who was later murdered in Harare by agents of the apartheid regime, served as our public Chief Representative, with Geraldine Fraser, now Fraser-Moleketi, as one of his assistants.

Zimbabwe land reform and South Africa

In 1990 as we began our negotiations to end the system of apartheid, the then Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, engaged President Mugabe to persuade him that the Government of Zimbabwe should not proceed with any programme to implement a radical land reform, given that the Lancaster House Constitutional 10-year prohibition of this had expired.

Chief Anyaoku and the Commonwealth Secretariat feared that any radical land redistribution in Zimbabwe at that stage would frighten white South Africa and thus significantly complicate our own process of negotiations.

President Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Government agreed to Chief Anyaoku’s suggestion and therefore delayed for almost a decade the needed agrarian reform, which had been a central objective of the political and armed struggle for the liberation of Zimbabwe.

ANC intervention in Zimbabwe

All the foregoing resulted in the establishment of firm fraternal relations between the ANC and now ZANU-PF, which created the possibility for the two organisations to interact with each other openly and frankly.

During these years of our interaction and working together with President Mugabe, the Government of Zimbabwe and ZANU-PF, we came to understand that all these were committed to such objectives as improving the lives of the people of Zimbabwe, defending the independence of our countries and advancing Pan Africanist goals.

We supported all these objectives. However their achievement required that as a country Zimbabwe should remain a democratic and peaceful country with a growing economy of shared wealth, and a country which would continue to do everything possible to eradicate the legacy of colonialism.

When the ANC felt that problems were arising with regard to these objectives, it did what nobody else in the world had done. It prepared and shared a document with ZANU-PF which was a comprehensive critique of developments in Zimbabwe, with suggestions about what ZANU-PF should do to correct what was wrong.

Done in 2001, the document was entitled “How Will Zimbabwe Defeat Its Enemies!” It dealt with a whole variety of issues, including the political and economic.

Though the then planned ANC/ZANU-PF meeting to discuss the document did not take place, ZANU-PF never raised any objection to the fact that the ANC prepared the document to assist Zimbabwe to overcome some of its challenges.

We probably made a mistake when we did not insist that this meeting should be held.

The South African Government and the Zimbabwe land question

When the war veterans and others began to occupy white-owned farms, we intervened first of all with Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1998 to encourage the UK Government to honour the commitment that had been made at Lancaster House in 1979 to give the Government of Zimbabwe the financial means to carry out the required land redistribution in a non-confrontational manner.

This led to the September 1998 International Donors’ Conference on Land Reform and Resettlement held in Harare, which the British Government attended, but whose very positive decisions were not implemented, thanks to the negative attitude adopted by the very same British Government.

Unfortunately, contrary to what the Conservative Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major had agreed, Tony Blair’s Secretary of State for International Development, Claire Short, repudiated the commitment to honour the undertaking made at Lancaster House.

In a November 1997 letter to Zimbabwe Minister of Agriculture and Land, Kumbirai Kangai, she wrote: “I should make it clear that we do not accept that Britain has a special responsibility to meet the costs of land purchase in Zimbabwe. We are a new Government from diverse backgrounds without links to former colonial interests. My own origins are Irish and as you know, we were colonised not colonisers.”

In a February 22, 2015 article in The Telegraph, the Conservative Party Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, commented about the parlous state of Zimbabwe and said:

“But it is vital to recognise that Zimbabwe was not always like this, and did not have to be like this…And Britain played a shameful part in the disaster. Readers will remember the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement, by which Margaret Thatcher granted independence to Rhodesia…So it was crucial that the Lancaster House Agreement protected the interests of these white farmers. They could, of course, be bought out, but their land could not be simply seized. There had to be a “willing buyer, willing seller”. The British government agreed to fund the arrangement, compensating the former colonial farmers for land that they gave up… And then in 1997, along came Tony Blair and New Labour, and in a fit of avowed anti-colonialist fervour they unilaterally scrapped the arrangement…It was Labour’s betrayal of the Lancaster House Agreement – driven by political correctness and cowardice – that gave Mugabe the pretext for the despotic (land) confiscations by which he has rewarded his supporters.”

Later, Prime Minister Blair told me that the British Governments he led never formally took this decision to repudiate the Lancaster House Agreement and regretted that in the end, his Government had to accept it because Claire Short had succeeded to convince the UK public that it was indeed Government policy!

Further to help resolve the conflict on the land question, at some point we also got commitments from three (3) other Governments to finance land acquisition by the Zimbabwe Government which would then distribute the land to those who had started to occupy some farms. The Zimbabwe Government welcomed this initiative.

At the suggestion of the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, the UNDP assumed the responsibility to work with the Zimbabwe Government to implement this land acquisition and redistribution. Unfortunately the UNDP acted in a manner which led to the failure of this initiative.

The South African Government and Zimbabwe politics

Our Government started to work more intensely with the opposition MDC after the 2000 Zimbabwe Constitutional Referendum, which rejected the Constitution that had been put to the nation by the Government.

The MDC approached us to help secure the agreement of ZANU-PF to amend the extant Constitution by including in it various matters, many of which had been included in the Constitution which had been rejected.

From then onwards we did our best to encourage ZANU-PF and the MDC to work together to find solutions to the constitutional, political, economic, security and social challenges which faced Zimbabwe.

It was exactly this same approach we took which resulted in the conclusion in 2008 of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) by the Zimbabwe political parties.

Though we acted as a Facilitator, the fact of the matter is that the GPA was negotiated and elaborated by the three Zimbabwe Political Parties which had been democratically chosen by the people in the 2008 elections. No part of the Agreement was imposed on the Parties by the Facilitator.

This approach was informed by our unwavering determination to respect the right of the people of Zimbabwe to determine their future, firmly opposed to any foreign, including South African, intervention to impose solutions on the people of Zimbabwe.

Writing in the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent on September 25 last year, Wilbert Mukori said: “The best chance the nation has had to end Mugabe’s dictatorship was by far during the Government of National Unity (GNU) when all the nation had to do was implement the raft of democratic reforms already agreed in the 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA).

“However, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and other opposition parties, who were tasked with implementing the reforms, sold out and joined Mugabe’s gravy train. So after four or five years of the GNU, no meaningful reforms were implemented…The people of Zimbabwe failed to recognise the importance of the 2008 GPA reforms and so they did not pressure GNU leaders to implement the reforms.”

Regime change in Zimbabwe

There were others in the world, led particularly by the UK, who opposed our approach of encouraging the Zimbabweans to decide their future. These preferred regime change – the forcible removal of President Mugabe and his replacement by people approved by the UK and its allies.

This is what explained the sustained campaign to condemn us for conducting the so-called ‘quiet diplomacy’. What was wrong with ‘quiet diplomacy’, which led to the adoption of the GPA discussed by Mukori, was that it defended the right of the people of Zimbabwe to determine their future, as opposed to the desire by some in the West to carry out regime change in Zimbabwe and impose their will on the country!

In the period preceding the 2002 Zimbabwe Elections, the UK and the US in particular were very keen to effect this regime change and failing which to impose various conditions to shorten the period of any Mugabe Presidency.

Our then Minister of Intelligence, Lindiwe Sisulu, had to make a number of trips to London and Washington to engage the UK and US governments on their plans for Zimbabwe, with strict instructions from our Government to resist all plans to impose anything on the people of Zimbabwe, including by military means.

Accordingly it was not from hearsay or third parties that we acquired the knowledge about Western plans to overthrow President Mugabe, but directly from what they communicated to a representative of our Government.

In its 11 November, 2007 edition, the UK newspaper, the Independent on Sunday, reported that during its interview of Lord Guthrie, former Chief of Defence Staff of the UK armed forces, it learnt that “Astonishingly, the subjects discussed (with Prime Minister Tony Blair) included invading Zimbabwe, “which people were always trying to get me (Guthrie) to look at. My advice was, ‘Hold hard, you’ll make it worse.'”

According to John Kampfner in his book, “Blair’s Wars”, Blair once told Claire Short that “if it were down to me, I’d do Zimbabwe as well – that is send troops.” In his Memoir “A Journey”, Blair explained that the reason he could not “get rid of Mugabe” which he “would have loved to” was because “it wasn’t practical (since…the surrounding African nations maintained a lingering support for him and would have opposed any action strenuously).”
South Africa and the Zimbabwe elections

The 2002 elections in Zimbabwe were observed by two South African Observer Missions among others. One of these was a multi-party Mission deployed by our Parliament, not Government. The second was composed of people seconded by civil society organisations. The Government contributed to this latter Mission by appointing Ambassador Sam Motsuenyane as its leader.

With no intervention by Government, these two Observer Missions, like all others, determined that the declared outcome of the elections reflected the will of the people of Zimbabwe.

The same thing happened with regard to the 2008 elections which resulted in the MDC (Tsvangirai) gaining 100 House of Assembly seats as opposed to 99 for ZANU-PF and 10 for MDC (Mutambara). None of the two leading Presidential candidates, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, got the required 50%+1 to emerge as the outright winner.

The second round of the Presidential election was marked by a lot of violence, resulting in the withdrawal of Tsvangirai. Our view was that the level of violence had made it impossible for the people of Zimbabwe freely to exercise their right to choose their President.

I therefore met President Mugabe in Bulawayo to propose that the election should be called off and conducted afresh in conditions of the total absence of any violence. President Mugabe did not accept our suggestion, arguing that the action we were proposing would be in violation of the Constitution.

During the 2013 Harmonised Elections, ZANU-PF won 196 of the House of Assembly seats as opposed to 70 for the MDC (Tsvangirai), and President Mugabe was elected during the first round. All the Observer Missions which actually observed these elections agreed that the announced results ‘reflected the will of the people of Zimbabwe’.

Over the years ZAPU, ZANU and, later, ZANU-PF saw it as part of their responsibility to contribute to the victory of our struggle against the apartheid regime and system and the building of the democratic South Africa, and acted accordingly. The ANC took the same position with regard to the struggles of the people of Zimbabwe to defeat colonialism and reconstruct the new Zimbabwe, and acted accordingly.

Throughout these years we defended the right of the people of Zimbabwe to determine their destiny, including deciding on who should govern the country. This included resisting all efforts to impose other people’s solutions on Zimbabwe, which, if this had succeeded, would have served as a precursor for a similar intervention in our country!

Consciously we took the position that democratic South Africa should at all costs avoid acting as a new home-grown African imperial power which would have given itself the right unilaterally to determine the destiny of the peoples of Africa! -by Thabo Mbeki, Source-bulawayo24

‘Generations Actor Rapulana Seiphemo Likely To Be Charged With Murder & Attempted Murder’

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Generations Legacy actor Rapulana Seiphemo is likely to be charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder.

This was said by Jody van Zyl, a survivor of the accident that killed his brother Donovan van Zyl (24) and his brother-in-law Jerry Coertze (28) last Sunday night.

One of the two passengers in Seiphemo’s car also died. The other one was in hospital at the time of going to press.

“This man must be charged with two counts of murder for killing my brother and our brother-in-law. He must also be charged with attempted murder for trying to kill me,” said Jody. Source: Sowetan Sunday World

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Four Dead, Eight Seriously Injured In Mbalabala Highway Accident

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FOUR passengers aboard a South Africa-bound Toyota Quantum from Bulawayo died on the spot near Mbalabala along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Highway yesterday when the vehicle was side-swiped by an overtaking car.

The Quantum overturned and landed on its side. Eight of the 14 passengers who were aboard were seriously injured and are admitted to Esigodini District Hospital.

Only two were treated and discharged.

The accident occurred at around 3:30AM at the 67 kilometre peg.

National police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the fatal accident yesterday.

“It’s true that four people died on the spot when a Toyota Quantum they were travelling in was side-swiped a by a private car which intended to overtake. In the process an error happened when the driver of the small vehicle quickly returned to the left lane, side- swiping the quantum,” said Snr Ass Comm Charamba.

“The private car which was bearing South African registration numbers also overturned once and landed on its wheels with its female driver, Musline Mahoto, 22, of Mzilikazi, escaping with minor injuries.”

“The driver of the Quantum, Thulani Lobukhosi Khumalo, 32, was also treated and discharged. The four deceased’s bodies where conveyed to Esigodini District Hospital mortuary. The other eight passengers are admitted in serious condition.”

Snr Ass Comm Charamba identified three of the dead whose next of kin have been notified as Nkosana Mpofu, 32, of Methodist Village, Old Pumula, Thepiso Ndlovu, 36, of Nketa 6 and Precious Moyo, 21, of Magwegwe in Bulawayo.

The body of a woman is still to be identified.

“We appeal to members of the public to come forward and identify the body of a woman who died in the accident. Her body is lying at Esigodini District Hospital mortuary but the other three have been identified and their next of kin notified of their death,” said Snr Ass Comm Charamba.

She warned motorists to exercise caution when overtaking to avoid unnecessary loss of human life.

“When overtaking, motorists should leave space for other drivers to manoeuvre so that we avoid loss of human life caused by human error.

“It’s very sad to lose the life of four people in this way. We urge drivers of foreign vehicles to adhere to speed limits as roads in the country are narrow unlike where they come from where there are wider roads,” she said.

The stretch of the road where the accident happened is now a black spot as several motorists and passengers have lost their lives in road accidents.Source-chronicle

photo-National police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba

Starvation Due To Zimbabwe’s Worst Drought In 25 Years, Also South Africa’s Worst In A Century.

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Rains in the drought prone Southern African region are normally expected from November with the harvest expected by March the following year.

This has failed to materialise as Zimbabwe is facing its worst disaster on record over the last 25 years. Zimbabwe faces low water for people and livestock and little or no harvest leaving a total of at least 3 million people in need of food aid as they face starvation.

Other people also argue that the country’s disastrous land policy of evicting established white commercial farmers from commercial farming land and replacing them with inexperienced black farmers with little or no resources to farm, has actually contributed to the food crisis.

The El-nino weather pattern also compounds the disaster in the area, in which South Africa is also facing its worst drought in a century. By Sibusiso Ngwenya

South Africa, To Deport 140 Zimbabwean Criminals Who Have Served Their Sentences

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THE South African government is expected to deport this weekend 140 Zimbabweans who have finished serving various jail terms for breaking that country’s laws. It is understood that the deportees will arrive in the country in two batches of 70 each by road via Beitbridge border post in trucks under police escort.Zimbabwe’s Consul General to South Africa, Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro, said: “We’ve agreed to separate the ex-convicts from those immigrants on self-deportation to avoid unnecessary situations.

“We’ve since notified all the stakeholders at Beitbridge border post so that they work on all necessary logistics to receive them. All the repatriation documents have been processed.”

The Consul General said among the 140 were people who had been in jail for between one month and 18 years.
Mukonoweshuro said they were arrested for crimes including murder, armed robberies, theft, fraud, house breaking, poaching, possession of illegal firearms among others.

He said they had done their home work to ensure that the group does not escape during deportation in a bid to go back to South Africa.

Last December, 49 Zimbabweans jumped off moving buses and vanished during repatriation from the neighbouring country.

Mukonoweshuo said those who had violated South Africa’s immigration laws would also be deported.

“In most cases, they are released to Lindela Transit and Holding Centre in Johannesburg after serving their jail terms for repatriation to Zimbabwe.

Since the beginning of the year we managed to send 160 people home for violating immigration laws mostly overstaying. At the moment we have identified 950 Zimbabweans at the same centre,” said Mukonoweshuro.

He said most of the immigrants at the transit camp would be sent home on Wednesday next week.

South Africa introduced a self-deportation process in October last year due to financial constrains in that country.

Under the self-deportation process the immigrants pay R350 in transport fees for them to be sent to Zimbabwe and those who prefer being deported by air also pay the prescribed rates for airlines.

Those without money, are deported mostly on weekends.

– Source-chronicle

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